The title of the book Quarter Life Crisis leaves you with no doubt that this is a new age book for 20 somethings who have barely reached adulthood but talk about adulting (which isn’t an actual word). Is it worth a read? Well keep on reading this review to know.
Prachur, a final year engineering student, is your stereotypical youth of today. He has fun in the hostel drinking with his friends, he barely passes his papers, and honestly has no clue what he wants to do with his future. Sounds familiar? It probably is, because we have all come across one or another person like Prachur. He is labelled as good-for-nothing by his girlfriend’s father. Neera, his long time girlfriend, is organized, meticulous and a top rank student. Yes yes, the kind of girl you take home to your parents.
The first twist in the story comes when Prachur and Neera find out that Neera is pregnant even before they graduate from college. They come home to tell their parents that they wish to get married immediately and face objection from Neera’s parents. In true filmy style, Neera walks out of her home to have a small wedding with Prachur and goes to live with his parents. Sounds like Prachur’s dream has come true right? Married to his girlfriend, about to have a baby and living with his parents who adore Neera. Well this is about the time when the quarter life crisis sets in.
Things start to take for the worse when Prachur, all of 24, is unable to handle a crying baby, his exhausted wife, and is stuck in a job that he hates, but has to do to support his family. His dream of being an author takes a backseat as he struggles to keep up with being a good father, a dutiful husband while trying to keep the romance alive. What does he do? How does he deal with it? What happens in the end ? These are questions that you will get answers to only if you read the book. No spoilers here!
Quarter Life Crisis is a coming of age story of a boy who is forced to become a man. My favourite parts of the book are the ones where Prachur has conversations in his head. The writing is one flow of words, which is exactly how all of us probably talk to ourselves. The doubts he has about his own abilities, the mistakes he makes, the decision he takes, it all strikes a chord close to the heart because at some level, at some point, we have been through the same.
The overall story is nothing new and exciting, but the style of writing is very casual and down-to-earth. It reads like the story of the boy next door, which makes it a good read. I actually read it in one day because I just wanted to know whether Prachur and Neera stay together or get separated in the end. It definitely makes for a quick one time read when you are travelling or stuck in the hospital (like I was)
Quarter Life Crisis definitely has an autobiographical feel to it and makes you feel like you’ve had a sneak peek into the author’s life. Stories that talk about a young girl getting pregnant usually only show the struggles of the girl, but Quarter Life Crisis talks about the changes that a boy must undergo to become a father, which definitely makes it unique.